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Women in the Boardroom

Volume 1, 2013

The fast growth of the Chinese economy over the past three decades has provided the country’s women with unprecedented opportunities to realize their potential. More and more women executives and entrepreneurs are playing important roles in China’s growth and development and in shaping the country’s future. 

New research from CEIBS Professor of Management Yan (Anthea) Zhang has shown that women are moving up the ranks in China’s listed companies. She cautions, however, that the increase in female executives was mainly driven by the non-SOE sector; and the glass ceiling is no less of an issue for women in Chinese companies than for their counterparts in the US.

In this Cover Story, we provide real life examples of Prof Zhang’s findings – CEIBS’ female alumni/student who explain what it is like to be among the growing cadre of global career women. They include a local government official in China, a leader in the chemicals industry, a consultant who focuses on the energy industry, partners in a Thailand venture, and a mid-level manager at a global MNC. 

Read on for more insight in these stories:

  • Luoyang Vice Mayor Yang Ping
  • Lianhetech President Maggie Wang
  • Doreen Deng: A Steady Climb
  • MBA Grads Partner in Thailand
  • Julia Cheng’s Balancing Act
  • Lessons for Women, from Chinese Boardrooms